The 35th Breeders' Cup World Championships held on Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3, 2018, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky are now in the record book. The combined total attendance over the two days was 112,672, of which 70,423 were on Saturday. Total handle for the two-day event of was $157,445,841, the fifth highest since Breeders' Cup adopted a two-day format in 2007. Total handle on Saturday's nine Breeders' Cup races was $96,018,060, a 4% decrease from the $99,833,643 bet on the nine Breeders' Cup races in 2017. Common-pool handle on Saturday's 12-race Breeders' Cup card was $105,229,197
Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel said, "Once again the Breeders' Cup proved a fitting showcase for world championship performances and the best in international racing. We want to thank our gracious hosts from Churchill Downs, the greater Louisville community, our fans around the world as well the owners and breeders who participate in our racing programs for an incredible week capped by two extraordinary days of racing."
This year was the ninth time the Breeders' Cup has been held at Churchill Downs. The Breeders' Cup will return to Santa Anita in Arcadia, California in 2019, and will be held at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky in 2020 and at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, California in 2021.
Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates after winning the Juvenile Fillies Turf. He had a total of 2 wins, 3 seconds, a third and a fourth.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who won 2 races and finishing in the top four in 5 other races won the 16th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding rider at the Championships. The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-5-3-1 scoring system on first through fourth place finishes in each of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championship races. Ortiz won aboard Newspaperofrecord (Juvenile Fillies Turf) and Shamrock Rose (Filly and Mare Sprint), to go with runner-up finishes with Uncle Benny (Juvenile Turf), World of Trouble (Turf Sprint), and Gunnevera (Classic). He was third aboard Analyze It in the Mile and fourth aboard Firenze Fire in the Dirt Mile, netting him 35 points over the 30 points earned by Javier Castellano.
Joel Rosario led all jockeys with three wins, riding Accelerate (Classic), Game Winner (Juvenile), and Jaywalk (Juvenile Fillies). After Ortiz Jr., Javier Castellano also had two wins (Bulletin in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, City of Light in the Dirt Mile) as did Frankie Dettori, sweeping the Championships' 2 original grass events, the Mile on Expert Eye and the Turf on Enable.
Joel Rosario joins three other riders that have won three Breeders' Cup races in a single Championship. Garrett Gomez holds the single Championship record with four winners in 2008 at Santa Anita and he also rode three winners in the 2010 Championships at Churchill Downs. Mike Smith has done it twice at Santa Anita in 2013 and 2016 and Julien Leparoux had three winners at Santa Anita in 2009.
Despite being shut out in the win column, Mike Smith still leads all jockeys with 26 Championship wins, well ahead of the 16 won by John Velazquez, and also continues to lead by earnings, with $35,930,605 wih Velazquez second with $27,046,275.
With all his entrants, Bob Baffert only had 1 win, Game Winner in the Juvenile on Friday. Despite this, Baffert still leads all trainers in Cup purses with $28,761,000. Ireland's Aidan O'Brien was shut out despute shipping in a 15-horse contingent, but he still is second in earning with $23,213,590.
There were several jockeys and trainers who had their first wins in the Breeders' Cup this year:
John Sadler finally won a Breeders' Cup race with his 45th starter, Accelerate.
Drayden Van Dyke aboard Stormy Liberal in the Turf Sprint
Roy H in the winner's circle with trainer Peter Miller to his right.
Three defending champions were back, and two were successful, both trained by Peter Miller. Roy H was a repeat winner in the Sprint and stablemate Stormy Liberal repeated as the Turf Sprint champion. 2017 Turf winner Talismanic checked in 6th behind Enable this year.
Favorites fared very well this year with five top choices and six second choices winning. Newspaperofrecord's $3.20 win mutual in the Juvenile Fillies Turf was the lowest of the weekend. The highest price winner of the weekend came from the Filly and Mare Sprint with Shamrock Rose paying a healthy $53.80.
Five of the 14 winners are Southern California based, led by Accelerate (Classic) and joined by Game Winner (Juvenile), Stormy Liberal (Turf Sprint) Roy H (Sprint), and City of Light (Dirt Mile). Europe was represented by three winners - Enable (Turf), Expert Eye (Mile) and Line of Duty (Juvenile Turf). New York also had 3 winners - Sistercharlie (Filly and Mare Turf), Newspaperofrecord (Juvenile Fillies Turf), and Jaywalk (Juvenile Fillies). Kentucky had 2 winners - Monomoy Girl (Distaff) and Shamrock Rose (Filly and Mare Sprint), while Bulletin (Juvenile Turf Sprint) is based in Florida.
It appeared that every Breeders' Cup entrant safely completed their races and returned to be unsaddled, although Glorious Empire (Turf) and Roaring Lion (Classic) were officially "eased" home.
Breeders' Cup Two-Day Attendance and Handle history
2017 Del Mar 70,420 $166,077,486
2016 Santa Anita Park 118,484 $156,861,811
2015 Keeneland Race Course 94,652 $149,869,035
2014 Santa Anita Park 98,319 $151,158,813
2013 Santa Anita Park 94,628 $160,704,877
2012 Santa Anita Park 89,742 $144,272,332
2011 Churchill Downs 105,820 $161,512,867
2010 Churchill Downs 114,353 $173,857,697
2009 Santa Anita Park 96,496 $153,271,176
2008 Santa Anita Park 86,588 $155,740,328
2007 Monmouth Park 69,584 $129,197,262
Breeders' Cup World Championships Leading Jockeys
(by wins) (by earnings)
Trainer Wins Trainer Earnings
Mike Smith 26 Mike Smith $35,930,605
John Velazquez 16 John Velazquez $27,046,275
Jerry Bailey 15 Frankie Dettori $24,603,862
Frankie Dettori 14 Pat Day $23,033,360
Garrett Gomez 13 Jerry Bailey $22,006,440
Pat Day 12 Gary Stevens $20,299,255
Breeders' Cup World Championships Leading Trainers
(by wins) (by earnings)
Trainer Wins Trainer Earnings
D. Wayne Lukas 20 Bob Baffert $28,761,000
Bob Baffert 15 Aidan O'Brien $23,213,590
Chad Brown 12 D. Wayne Lukas $22,672,520
Aidan O'Brien 12 Bill Mott $18,698,900
Todd Pletcher 10 Todd Pletcher $17,678,030
Shug McGaughey 9 Chad Brown $14,926,680
Bill Mott 9
Richard Mandella 9
Sir Michael Stoute 8
Saturday at the Breeders' Cup - Saturday had 9 Grade 1 Championship races, headlined by the Breeders' Cup Classic won by favorite Accelerate over Gunnevera and Thunder Snow. Also on the card, Enable won the Turf, Monomoy Girl won the Distaff, Expert Eye won the Mile, Roy H repeated in the Sprint, Sistercharlie won the Filly & Mare Turf, City of Light won the Dirt Mile, Stormy Liberal repeated in the Turf Sprint, and Shamrock Rose won the Filly & Mare Sprint. Get the results, charts, and photos here. More photos: Classic - Turf - Distaff - Mile - Sprint - F/M Turf - Dirt Mile - Turf Sprint - F/M Sprint
Breeders' Cup Weather - Check out the latest weather forecasts for the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs. Looks rainy and cold right now.
Review: Crushing the Cup 2018 - by Jim Mazur and Peter Mallett. An invaluable tool for trying to unlock the mysteries of handicapping the Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs. Updated for 2018, this is their 27th anniversary edition and seventh for Churchill Downs.
2017 Breeders' Cup Wrap Up - Records set, statistics, first-time winning jockeys and trainers, how previous winners finished, and more for the 34th running of the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar.
2017 Breeders' Cup Friday - There were four Breeders' Cup races on Friday at Del Mar headlined by the Distaff (G1) where Forever Unbridled held off Abel Tasman to win by a half length. Also on the card, Rushing Fall won the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), Battle of Midway won the Dirt Mile (G1), and Mendelssohn won the Juvenile Turf (G1). Get the results, charts, and photos for all 8 stakes on the card. More photos: Juvenile Turf -
Juvenile Fillies Turf - Dirt Mile - Distaff
The Breeders' Cup Championship Day - The official page for the Breeders' Cup championship races. Just about anything you need to know about it: results, video clips, and race calls for past years, and eventually nominations, entries, and results.
Free Prep Replays - for major prep races in the Breeders' Cup Challenge. The ones with camera logos have video available.
Breeders' Cup Supplemental Entries - The old official policy on supplemental entries plus all the supplemental entries and how they fared, mostly it was a losing proposition. There are no more supplements now, only late nominations making it impossible to track since the change.